walk1 W1S1 [wo:k US wo:k] v
1.) [I and T]
to move forward by putting one foot in front of the other
'How did you get here?' 'We walked.'
Doctors said he'd never walk again.
walk into/down/up etc
Carrie walked into the room and sat down in her chair.
He loved walking in the hills.
walk a mile/200 metres/a short distance etc
We must have walked ten miles today.
I walked all the way to San Rafael.
within (easy) walking distance (of sth)
(=near enough to be able to walk to)
There are plenty of bars and restaurants within walking distance of the hotel.
walking pace
(=the speed that you normally walk at)
2.) [T]
to walk somewhere with someone, especially in order to make sure that they are safe or to be polite
It's late - I'll walk you home .
walk sb to sth
Schools are urging parents to walk their children to school.
She walked me to the front gate.
3.) [T]
to take a dog for a walk for exercise
Grandma's out walking the dog .
4.) [i]BrE informal if something has walked, it has disappeared and you think someone may have taken it
My pen seems to have walked.
5.) walk free also walk AmE
to leave a court of law without being punished or sent to prison
Ferguson walked free after the charges were dropped.
If more evidence isn't found, Harris will walk.
6.) walk itBrE spoken
a) to make a journey by walking
If the last bus has gone, we'll have to walk it.
b) to succeed or win something easily
7.) be walking on air
to be feeling extremely happy
8.) walk the streets
a) to walk around the streets in a town or city
It was not safe to walk the streets at night.
b) old-fashioned to be a ↑prostitute
9.) walk the beat
when a police officer walks the beat, they walk around an area of a town or city in order to make sure nobody is committing a crime
10.) walk tall
to be proud and confident because you know that you have not done anything wrong
11.) walk sb off their feet
BrE walk sb's legs off
AmE informal to make someone tired by making them walk too far
12.) walk the walk
to do the things that people expect or think are necessary in a particular situation
People are motivated by leaders who actually walk the walk.
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13.) walk the plank
to be forced to walk along a board laid over the side of the ship until you fall off into the sea, used as a punishment in the past
walk away phr v
1.) to leave a bad or difficult situation, instead of trying to make it better
walk away from
You can't just walk away from 15 years of marriage!
When the business started to have problems, it was very tempting to walk away.
2.) to come out of an accident or very bad situation without being harmed
Miraculously, both drivers walked away without a scratch.
walk away with [walk away with sth] phr v
to win something easily
And the lucky winner will walk away with a prize of £10,000.
walk in on [walk in on sb] phr v
to go into a room and accidentally interrupt someone who is doing something private that they would not want you to see
walk into [walk into sth]
1.) to hit an object accidentally as you are walking along
walk straight/right/bang etc into sth
Zeke wasn't looking and walked straight into a tree.
2.) if you walk into an unpleasant situation, you become involved in it without intending to
He was fairly certain now that he was walking into a trap , and wished he'd come armed.
walk straight/right into sth
I walked right into a mob of maybe 50 young white guys.
3.) BrE if you walk into a job, you get it very easily
You can't expect to walk straight into a job .
4.) to make yourself look stupid when you could easily have avoided it if you had been more careful
walk straight/right into sth
You walked right into that one!
walk off phr v
1.) to leave someone by walking away from them, especially in a rude or angry way
Don't just walk off when I'm trying to talk to you!
2.) walk sth<=>off
if you walk off an illness or unpleasant feeling, you go for a walk to make it go away
Let's go out - maybe I can walk this headache off.
walk off dinner/a meal etc
(=go for a walk so that your stomach feels less full)
3.) walk off (the/your etc job)
AmE to stop working as a protest
Without new contracts, mine workers will walk off their jobs Thursday.
walk off with [walk off with sth] phr v
1.) to win something easily
Lottery winners can walk off with a cool £18 million.
2.) to steal something or take something that does not belong to you
Thieves walked off with two million dollars' worth of jewellery.
walk out phr v
1.) to leave a place suddenly, especially because you disapprove of something
The play was awful and we walked out after half an hour.
walk out of
the issue that led to the US walking out of the trade talks this week
2.) to leave your husband, wife etc suddenly and go and live somewhere else
Her husband walked out, leaving her with three children to look after.
walk out on
Five years later she walked out on Matthew and their two boys.
3.) to leave your job suddenly because you no longer want to do it
We're so short-staffed. I can't just walk out.
walk out of
If you can afford to walk out of your job, why not?
4.) to stop working as a protest
Workers are threatening to walk out if an agreement is not reached.
walk out on [walk out on sth] phr v
to stop doing something you have agreed to do or that you are responsible for
'I never walk out on a deal,' Dee said.
walk over [walk over sb] phr v
to treat someone badly by always making them do what you want them to do
It's terrible - she lets her kids just walk all over her .
WORD FOCUS: words meaning walk
stroll in a relaxed way for pleasure
wander with no aim or direction
stride in a confident or angry way
march soldiers
hike for long distances in the countryside or the mountains
tiptoe very quietly
wade through water
stagger in an unsteady way because you are drunk or injured
limp with difficulty because one leg is painful or injured
See also: on foot foot1 (4) , footstep
walk 2
walk2 W2S2 n
a journey that you make by walking, especially for exercise or enjoyment
It's a long walk. Maybe we should get the bus.
Let's go for a walk . I could do with some fresh air.
long/short/five-mile/ten-minute etc walk
The beach is only a short walk away.
take/have a walk
Why don't we take a walk in the garden?
take sb/a dog for a walk
walk to/through/across etc
a short walk through the castle grounds
a particular journey that you make by walking, especially one that goes through an interesting or attractive area
He says he's going on a long walk tomorrow.
Have you ever done the Three Peaks walk ?
coastal/hill etc walk
There is a stunning 10-mile coastal walk from St Andrews to Crail.
3.) an organized event when people walk for pleasure
Let's all go on the beach walk .
The local tourist office organises a number of guided walks .
4.) [singular]
the way someone walks
= ↑gait
You can often recognize people by their walk.
5.) [singular]
when you walk rather than run
Breathless, she slowed to a walk .
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